The UK’s largest charity has instead urged participants to sign up for their virtual fundraiser – Race For Life at Home – to continue raising funds.
Initially the charity had hoped that the Race For Life events could be moved to the autumn, but with uncertainty over when mass gatherings might be allowed, they’ve said that a postponement is no longer possible.
Cancer Research UK has urged people to ‘keep the spirit of Race for Life alive’ by taking part in fundraising activities such as 5k run or walk, or a month-long fitness challenge. Entry to the event is free, and the hashtag #RaceForLifeAtHome has been set up to share news on social media channels.
The CRUK chief executive, Michelle Mitchell, apologised to everyone who was planning to run the race or volunteer to help at the event this year.
“COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted our plans and we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our Race for Life events. We had hoped to postpone till autumn, but this is no longer possible as we can’t be certain when mass participation events can safely take place again,” she said.
“We’re sorry to our participants and volunteers who hoped to join in this year, but we hope they will understand that safety must be priority.”
Cancer Research UK is planning to bring the events back next year but expect to see a 20-25% decline in fundraising income this financial year. The charity has already been forced to make cuts worth £44m.
“There can be no doubt that this global pandemic is causing huge strain on charities and Cancer Research UK is being hit hard.
“We’re urging people to sign up to Race for Life at Home and join our amazing Race for Life community.
“COVID-19 may have stopped our events this year but we won’t be defeated. By uniting together from home, we can still help beat cancer,” concluded Mitchell.